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Battery Room Regulations and OSHA Battery Charging Requirements

BHS Battery Room SurveyTo assure safe operating conditions in and around the lift truck battery room, it is important to comply with all relevant regulations. The BHS Battery Room Survey is the perfect tool to help determine your battery room compliance with OSHA and other regulating bodies. It provides a checklist to use while evaluating a battery room for all required safety equipment, and it also lists related regulations.

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Regulations and recommended BHS products are listed below.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Battery Charging Room Regulations

1910.132 – Personal Protective Equipment – General Requirements
Related Products: Personal Protective Kit (PK-1200)
1910.133 – Eye & Face Protection
Related Products: Personal Protective Kit (PK-1200)
1910.145 – General Environmental Controls – Specifications for accident prevention signs and tags
Related Products: Signage & Posting (SP-1)
1910.151 – Medical Services & First Aid
Related Products: Shower Eye Wash (SEW-500), Portable Eye Wash (PEW-700), Eye Wash (EW-300), Pedestal Mounted Eye Wash (MEW-300), Battery Emergency Station (BES-1)
1910.157 – Fire Protection
Related Products: Fire Extinguisher & Cabinet (FE-20)
1910.178(g) – Changing and Charging Storage Batteries
Related Products: Forklift Battery Handling Systems, Operator Aboard Battery Extractors (BE), Battery Carts & Carriages, Gantry Cranes, System Stands with Drip Pan Kits (DK-SS) & AcidSorb Pillows (ASP), Battery and Charger Stands, Battery Spill Kits (SK), Battery Room Ventilation System (BRVS), Hydrogen Exhaust Fan Kit (HEF-KIT), Wall Mounted Eye Wash (EW-300), Pedestal Mounted Eye Wash (MEW-300), Portable Eye Wash (PEW-700), Shower Eye Wash (SEW-500), Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector (CO-S-D), Fire Extinguisher & Cabinet (FE-20), Structural Barrier Rails (SBR), Structural Bollards (SB), Custom Bollards (CB-NS)
1910.305 – Electrical wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use
Related Products: Battery Room Ventilation System (BRVS), Hydrogen Exhaust Fan Kit (HEF-KIT)
1926.28 – General Safety and Health Provisions
Related Products: Personal Protective Kit (PK-1200)
1926.441 – Batteries & Battery Charging
Related Products: System Stands with Drip Pan Kits (DK-SS / DP-SS), AcidSorb Pillow (ASP), Universal Polypropylene Roll (UP-424), Eye Wash (EW-300), Pedestal Mounted Eye Wash (MEW-300), Portable Eye Wash (PEW-700), Shower Eye Wash (SEW-500)Battery Emergency Station (BES-1), Battery Room Floor, Cable Retractors (CR-1), Magnetic Cable Mount (CR-M), Charger Wall Brackets (CWB), Cable Retractor Mounting Bracket (CR-MT), Heavy-Duty Cable Retractor (CCR-12HD), Battery Room Ventilation System (BRVS), Hydrogen Exhaust Fan Kit (HEF-KIT), Personal Protective Kit (PK-1200)

International Fire Code (IFC) Regulations for Battery Rooms

608.5 – Spill control and neutralization
Related Products: Drip Pan Kits (DK-SS / DP-SS), AcidSorb Pillow (ASP), Universal Polypropylene Roll (UP-424), Spill Kit-6 Gallon Pail (SK-6), Spill Kit-20 Gallon Drum (SK-20), Spill Kit-55 Gallon Drum (SK-55), Spill Kit Cabinet (SK-CAB), Spill Kit Wall Mount (SK-WM)
608.6 – Ventilation
Related Products: Battery Room Ventilation System (BRVS), Hydrogen Exhaust Fan Kit (HEF-KIT)
608.7 – Signage
Related Products: Signage & Posting (SP-1)
608.9 – Smoke Detection
Related Products: Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector (CO-S-D)

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Battery Room Codes

NFPA 1 – Fire Code, Chapter 52 – Stationary Storage Battery Systems
Related Products: Drip Pan Kits (DK-SS / DP-SS), AcidSorb Pillow (ASP), Universal Polypropylene Roll (UP-424), Signage & Posting (SP-1), Spill Kit-6 Gallon Pail (SK-6), Spill Kit-20 Gallon Drum (SK-20), Spill Kit-55 Gallon Drum (SK-55), Spill Kit Cabinet (SK-CAB), Spill Kit Wall Mount (SK-WM), Battery Room Ventilation System (BRVS), Hydrogen Exhaust Fan Kit (HEF-KIT), Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detector (CO-S-D)
NFPA 2 – Hydrogen Technologies Code
Related Products: Battery Room Ventilation System (BRVS), Hydrogen Exhaust Fan Kit (HEF-KIT)
NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code®
Related Products: Battery Room Ventilation System (BRVS), Hydrogen Exhaust Fan Kit (HEF-KIT)
NFPA 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace®
Related Products & Services: Personal Protective Kit (PK-1200), Shower Eye Wash (SEW-500), Portable Eye Wash (PEW-700), Eye Wash (EW-300), Pedestal Mounted Eye Wash (MEW-300), Battery Emergency Station (BES-1) Signage & Posting (SP-1), Service School Training, Battery Room Ventilation System (BRVS), Hydrogen Exhaust Fan Kit (HEF-KIT)
NFPA 505: Fire Safety Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks
Related Products: Personal Protective Kit (PK-1200), Shower Eye Wash (SEW-500), Portable Eye Wash (PEW-700), Eye Wash (EW-300), Pedestal Mounted Eye Wash (MEW-300), Battery Emergency Station (BES-1), Battery Room Ventilation System (BRVS), Hydrogen Exhaust Fan Kit (HEF-KIT), Fire Extinguisher & Cabinet (FE-20)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Battery Room Standards

B30.20-2010 – Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
Related Products: BLB Staging Stand (CS-BLB)

Battery Room Regulations in Canada

Learn more about the laws in Canada regarding the battery room.

The items referenced above are intended to assist in meeting the regulations referenced therein. Government regulations applicable to the use of BHS’ products vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. This survey should not be considered an exhaustive list of applicable regulations in your area. It is the responsibility of the end user to verify and maintain full compliance with all applicable regulations. Please consult legal counsel to determine the regulations applicable to your facility.